I am a total Disney fanatic, and a trivia nut, so when I was asked to write a blog post for Walt Disney’s birthday (December 5, 1901), I figured I’d combine two of my passions and create a Disney movie trivia quiz. So, how much do you know about Disney?
Everyone knows Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) was Disney’s first full-length animated film. What was his second?
A. Pinocchio. (1940)
What is the name of the Sorcerer in the Fantasia (1940) segment The Sorcerer’s Apprentice?
A. Yen Sid, which is Disney spelled backwards.
Besides Dumbo (1941), what other two Disney movies does Dumbo appear in?
A. Dumbo works for peanuts in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988) and appears as a toy in the toymaker’s workshop in The Great Mouse Detective (1986).
In Bambi (1942), Friend Owl tells Bambi and his friends that they could become “twitterpated.” What does “twitterpated” mean?
A. Twitterpated means to fall in love.
How many Disney animated movies can you name that are created from combining various segments or stories?
A. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1943), Fantasia (1940), Fun and Fancy Free (1947), Make Mine Music (1946), The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977), Melody Time (1948).
What future TV personality provided the singing voice for Prince Charming in Cinderella (1950)?
A. 1960’s talk show host Mike Douglas provided the Prince’s singing voice in 1950. Mike started his career singing with big bands in the 1940s and early 1950s.
What was the last animated film in which Walt Disney played an active role?
A. The Jungle Book, which was released October 16, 1967, approximately 10 months after his death on December 15, 1966.
Can you name the actor that played a voice in three Disney animated movies: The Jungle Book, Aristocats and Robin Hood?
A. Phil Harris played Baloo the Bear in The Jungle Book (1967), Thomas O’Malley in Aristocats (1970) and Little John in Robin Hood (1973).
How many animated Disney movies can you name that were based on books and are not fairy tales, folk tales or historical figures?
A. Peter Pan (1953), based on a book/play by J.M. Barrie, Alice in Wonderland (1951), based on a book by Lewis Carroll, The Fox and the Hound (1981), based on a book by Daniel P. Mannix, Bambi (1942), based on the book by Felix Salten, 101 Dalmatians (1961), based on the book by Dodie Smith, The Rescuers (1977), based on the book by Margery Sharp, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), based on the book by Victor Hugo, Pinocchio (1940), based on the book by Carlo Collodi, The Jungle Book (1967), based on the book by Rudyard Kipling, Tarzan (1999), based on a book by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Treasure Planet (2002), based on a book by Robert Louis Stevenson, Oliver and Company (1988) and A Christmas Carol (2009), based on books by Charles Dickens, The Great Mouse Detective (1986), based on books by Eve Titus, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977), based on books by A.A. Milne, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949), based on the book by Kenneth Grahame,and a short story by Washington Irving, and The Sword and the Stone (1963), based off a book by T.H. White.
In the gray area: The Black Cauldron (1985) is based on a book by Lloyd Alexander, but a lot of it is taken from Welsh mythology, so I’m not sure if it would fall under fairy tales or not, likewise Aladdin (1992) and Robin Hood (1973) are based on books that started as a oral legends. The Lion King (1994), was influenced by Shakespeare’s Hamlet, but Disney never said the movie was based on Hamlet as it also was influenced by the Biblical stories of Moses and Joseph, Big Hero 6 (2014) is based on a Marvel comic, and I was thinking more of children’s books and literature, but an argument can be made to include it.
So, did you know all the answers? If you have any other fun Disney trivia, let me know, and stop by your local HPB to pick up your favorite Disney movies or the books from which they came.
Happy Birthday, Mr. Disney!